Indiana Trails Meeting Wednesday To Discuss 62 Mile CSX Trail

The Indiana Trails group will conduct an open meeting Wednesday, March 21 at 4p in the City Hall council chambers. 

Richard Vonnegut, CEO of Indiana Trails, said the meeting will take place to discuss the acquisition of the former Monon Railroad Right-of- Way (RROW) “Monon South” to continue the use of this 62 mile corridor as a bike, hike transportation route.

The eventual trail would be open to the public. 

CSX railroad has abandoned the rail line, which originally was the Monon line through southern Indiana. 

Indiana Trails is looking at the north end in Lawrence County, from Yockey Road, over 62 miles through Orange, Washington, Clark, and Floyd Counties to Mt Tabor Road,
in New Albany.

There will be two meetings each month. A meeting has already been held in Bedford and the will continue in alternating fashion in each county. 

Vonnegut said he hopes to explain the process of how the corridor can be used for bike, hike, and future rail use, AND to explain about “trail towns”, and to shift three national
routes, each for hiking and bicycling, onto this corridor, to get hikers and bicyclists
off of busy streets and roads, to make the hikers and cyclists safer than on-road.

Intoxicated and Suspended Driver Arrested for Driving 110 MPH

Earlier this afternoon at approximately 3:00, Master Trooper Lytton observed a purple 1999, Plymouth, traveling 110 mph in a 55 mph zone on State Road 66 near County Road 550 East.

The driver was identified as Edward Moore, 41, Grandview, IN.

Moore failed field sobriety and tested .141% BAC at the Spencer County Jail.

Moore was arrested on the following charges:

  • Operating While Intoxicated with Endangerment, 1 Count, IC 9-30-5-2, Class A Misdemeanor
  • Operating While Intoxicated .08-.14% BAC, 1 Count, IC 9-30-5-1, Class C Misdemeanor
  • Reckless Driving, 1 Count, IC 9-21-8-52, Class C Misdemeanor
  • Driving While Suspended Prior, 1 Count, IC 9-24-19-2, Class A Misdemeanor

Imogene Strange, age 83 of Jeffersonville

Imogene Strange, age 83 of Jeffersonville, passed away Sunday, March 18, 2018 at 10:36 pm in the Clark County Memorial Hospital.

Born April 6, 1934 in Livonia, Indiana, she was the daughter of the late Leotis and Elma (McKinney) McDonald.

She was a retired Avon Sales Lady for many years and had been a resident of Jeffersonville since 1970, formerly of Washington County.

In August of 1952, she married Robert Haley, who passed away in 1963.

In 1963, she married Scotty Strange, who passed away April 20, 2002.
Survivors include: 2 Daughters: Teresa Roberts of Tucson, AZ and Karen Wathen of Floyds Knobs; 1 Sister: Rebecca LaDuke of Orleans and 2 grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by 2 brothers, Marvin and Clifford McDonald.

Friends are invited to call from 4 to 8 pm on Thursday at the Dawalt Funeral Home in Salem.

There will be no funeral service.

In Lieu of Flowers the family requests donations to the charity of your choice.

Driver Critically Injured in Dearborn County Crash

On Saturday, March 17, 2018, at approximately 7:20 pm, the Indiana State Police responded to a single vehicle crash on I-74 eastbound near the 168 mile marker which resulted in the driver being flown from the scene with life threatening injuries.

The initial investigation by Troopers Matt Holley and Chad Snyder indicated that a maroon 2005 Cadillac Deville being driven by Michael W. Plaskowicki, age 39, Burlington, KY was traveling eastbound on I-74 near the 168 mile marker.  For an unknown reason, Plaskowicki lost control of the vehicle which left the south side of the roadway.  The vehicle drove into a wooded area, striking numerous trees, before coming to a stop.

Plaskowicki suffered life threatening injuries in the collision.  He had to be extricated from the vehicle before being flown from the scene to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center for treatment of his injuries.

The evidence indicated that Plaskowicki may have been traveling in excess of the speed limit and was not wearing his seatbelt when the crash occurred.  It is unknown if drugs or alcohol played a role in the collision.

The investigation is ongoing.

Marvin W. “Pud” Naugle, age 85 of Salem

Marvin W. “Pud” Naugle, age 85 of Salem, passed away Sunday, March 18, 2018 at 8:14 am, in his residence.

Born May 16, 1932 in Canton, Indiana, he was the son of the late Murl E. Naugle Sr. and Ollie A. (Mantooth) Naugle.

He was a farmer and retired in 1992 from the old Helsel Metalurgy in Campbellsburg. He was a member of Christian Heritage Chapel and attended the Douglas Church of Christ.

On June 4, 1950 he married Maudie O. Bills Naugle, who passed away August 14, 1993.

On January 14, 1995 he married Carolyn L. (Zink) Wineinger-Naugle, who survives.

Also surviving are: Son: Ricky (Debbie) Naugle of Salem; Daughter: Laurie Edwards of Salem; Stepdaughter: Gena Morris of Salem; 2 Stepsons: Max Wineinger of Louisville and Brett (Barb) Wineinger of Indianapolis; 4 grandchildren and 4 step grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandsons.

He was preceded in death by 2 brothers: Glen and Murl Naugle Jr. and 2 great grandsons.

Funeral Service: 1:00 pm Thursday at Dawalt Funeral Home.
Interment in Crown Hill Cemetery

Visitation: 4 to 8 pm Wednesday and 9 am until the time of the service on Thursday.

Memorial Contributions to: American Lung Association 115 West Washington Street Ste 1180-South Indianapolis, Indiana 46204

John Bradley “Moose” Bruce, age 46, of Pekin

John Bradley “Moose” Bruce, age 46, of Pekin, Indiana, passed away on March 18, 2018 at the Indiana University Medical
Center in Indianapolis. He was born on February 10, 1972 in Jeffersonville Indiana.

He attended the Blue Lick Christian Church in Henryville.

Survivors include his mother, Gayle Bruce-Doyle of Memphis, Indiana; brother, Michael C. Bruce of Pekin, Indiana;
grandmother, Julia Foster of Memphis, Indiana; 2 nieces.
Preceded in death by his father, John E. Bruce; 2 grandfathers, John W. Bruce & Cleatus Foster; grandmother, Ruby Bruce.

The funeral servcie will be at 7:00 PM Wednesday at the Hughes-Taylor Funeral Home in Pekin.

Viewing will be Wednesday from 3:00 PM until time of servcie at the funeral home.

Steve Weaver will officiate. Burial will be at a later date at Swayback Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the funeral home to help with expenses.

State Tornado Drill Tuesday; Begin Severe Weather Preparedness

The Washington County Emergency Management Agency is urging residents to prepare ahead to protect themselves and their loved ones from dangerous storms during Severe Weather Preparedness Week in Indiana, which is observed March 18-24.

The Indiana statewide Tornado Drill is scheduled for Tuesday, March 20 at 10:15am.

Historically, Indiana has experienced some of the state’s worst thunderstorms, tornadoes and flooding during the spring months. Washington County Emergency Management Agency suggests that households break their severe weather preparation into three parts: planning, preparing and practicing.

The number of tornadoes in Indiana each year is increasing to research by the Storm Prediction Center.  Indiana has average 24 tornadoes over the last 30-years.  If you look at a shorter time range, that number increases to 28 in the last decade.  In 2016, Indiana had 42 tornadoes.
 Purchase a weather radio whose label indicates that it is “all-hazard” and broadcasts alerts from the National Weather Service. Look for “NOAA” on the label (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Also look for the SAME Technology designation, which allows the radios to be programmed to specific counties and types of alerts.
 Know the difference between watches and warnings. A watch indicates a seriously increased possibility of a thunderstorm or tornado; a warning indicates that there IS a thunderstorm or tornado in the area.
 Ensure that household members know which local news media outlets to monitor for severe weather alerts, and to take those alerts seriously. Remember that national cable, satellite or streaming TV services may not carry localized weather alerts.

 Create a preparedness kit that includes food and water for three days, a first-aid kit, flashlights, batteries, small tools and any other important items that are needed.
 Prune tree limbs and secure outdoor items that could be tossed about by high winds.
 Keep cell phones charged and ensure all household members have several emergency contact numbers of friends and family members.
 Know which neighbors may have disabilities or mobility challenges, and be able to direct first responders to those who may need extra help.

 Take household members – quickly but calmly – to the location they would move to in severe weather, ideally a basement. If a basement is not available, go to an interior room on the lowest level with no windows. Storm cellars also offer excellent protection.
 Practice moving under a sturdy table or desk, or covering up with pillows, blankets, coats or a mattress to protect the head and body from flying debris.
 Walk through potential evacuation routes, both from the home and the neighborhood.
 Conduct a family drill in which children pretend to call 911 and calmly talk with an emergency dispatcher (a family member or friend can be on the other end of the line, requesting appropriate information).
 Participate in the Statewide Tornado Drill on Tuesday, March 20, at 10:15 a.m. This drill provides a valuable opportunity for families, schools and businesses to practice their weather safety action plan. 

Although flooding came early this year, it is also an issue Hoosiers may encounter during the spring months. Driving on flooded roadways can often place Hoosiers and emergency response personnel in unnecessary danger. Never drive through flooded roadways, even if the water appears shallow.

The road may have washed out under the surface of the water.

For more information on preparing for severe weather, visit


Steven L. Green age 72 of Pekin

Mr. Steven L. Green age 72 of Pekin passed away Sunday, March 18, 2018.

Mr. Green was born September 1, 1945 in Salem the son of Emerson and Pauline Miller Green.  He was a farmer and excavator.  He was a member of Pekin First Baptist Church.  He was a Vietnam Air Force veteran and a member of American Legion and VFW. 

He is survived by two sons:  Mark Green (Ruth Ann) and Jerald Green (Amy) both of Pekin, two daughters:  Debbie Depoy (Chad) of Pekin and Shelby Green Gilliatt (Richie) of Salem, a step-son: Ryan Jackson (Amber) of Pekin, a step-daughter:  Mandy Cain of Evansville, his companion:  Rhea Dawn Green,  a sister:  Marylin Gross of Salem, 10 grandchildren and 4 step-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a sister:  Carolyn Green and his parents.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 11:00AM at Weathers Funeral Home.  Burial will follow in Crown Hill Cemetery with military honors.   Visitation will be Tuesday from 4-8PM and Wednesday from 9AM-time of service.

Pekin Man Killed in Skid Steer Accident

The Washington County Sheriff’s Department has been investigating a death in Pekin that killed one man in what they believe is a farm-related accident.

On Sunday, at approximately 2:17 PM the Washington County Sheriff’s
Department received a 911 regarding a possible death investigation at 6700 East State Road 60 Pekin, IN.

First Responders arrived and found Steven L. Green, 72 of Pekin, IN deceased.

Green had been clearing debris on his property with a skid-steer (Bobcat) when inadvertently crashed down a steep ravine, according to Deputy Ryan Larrimore.

Larrimore said Green subsequently succumbed to his injuries from the crash and was pronounced dead at the scene by Washington County Coroner Peg Schell.

ASSISTING OFFICERS were Sheriff Roger Newlon, Deputy Mark Blackman and Conservation Officer Neal Brewington. 

OTHER DEPARTMENTS INVOLVED: Salem Fire Department, Pierce/Polk Volunteer Fire
Department, Washington County EMS, Washington County Coroner’s Office, and Indiana
Department of Natural Resources.

Mr. Green’s obituary can be found elsewhere on WSLM’s website. 

Sobriety Checkpoint Nabs One Impaired Driver 

Indiana State Police conducted a sobriety checkpoint last night between 11:00 and 1:00 Saturday morning on Broadway Avenue at Tekoppel Avenue in Evansville. 

Troopers checked 50 vehicles that passed through the checkpoint and located one impaired driver.  Troopers also arrested one person for possessing meth, synthetic marijuana, a control substance and drug paraphernalia.

Three persons were cited and released for possessing marijuana and paraphernalia.

Arrested and Charges:

Adrian Jones, 28, Evansville, IN


  1. Driving While Intoxicated, Refusal
  2. Resisting Law Enforcement





Ashea Browning, 36, Evansville, IN


  • Possession of Meth
  • Possession of Synthetic Marijuana
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance
  • Possession of Paraphernalia